Drake Passage

Jan 09, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer


The Drake Passage was relatively kind to us today, with slackening winds and a dying (albeit confused) swell. That said, it was still a day for grabbing the nearest handrail. The birdwatching today was incredible: by the evening we had documented 14 different species of seabird. Even during our evening presentations, a wandering albatross cruised by the windows, almost close enough to the ship for us to reach out and touch it!

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Conor Ryan

Naturalist

Conor Ryan is a congenital ecologist. His career began in the late 1980s, when he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks for eels, his publication record on this seminal research was sorely lacking because he was five years old. As he grew, so too did the size of the marine creatures that he was preoccupied with. 

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